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The new movie Persecuted opening this July 18th depicts evangelist John Luther as the last obstacle in the way of sweeping religious reform. When a Senator frames Luther for the murder of an innocent teenage girl, an unprecedented era of persecution is unleashed. An evangelist turned fugitive, Luther's mission brings him face-to-face with the coming storm of persecution that will threaten the entire Christian community in America. (c) Official Facebook
|Rating:||PG-13 (for violence and thematic elements)|
|Genre:||Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense|
|Directed By:||Gray Frederickson, Brent Morris, Daniel Lusko|
|Written By:||Daniel Lusko|
|In Theaters:||Jul 18, 2014 Wide|
|On DVD:||Oct 14, 2014|
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as Sen. Donald Harrison
as Dave Wilson
as Dr. Charles Luther
as TV Anchor
as Pastor Ryan Morris
as Mr. Gray
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Critic Reviews for Persecuted
Persecuted squanders the talents of its impressive cast -- including James Remar, Bruce Davison, Fred Dalton Thompson and Dean Stockwell -- with its bizarre premise and inept execution.
A heavy-handed and didactic drama which also manages to be totally mushy in terms of the message it's trying to convey.
Just why one particular TV preacher is so all-fired important isn't clear, and neither is anything else about this overwrought mess.
Straw-man cinema doesn't get much more ludicrous than this heavy-handed, Christian-themed minister-on-the-run thriller.
The Lord works in mysterious ways but "Persecuted" works in blundering, obvious ways, straining a Christianity-under-attack theme through a dopey thriller.
Audience Reviews for Persecuted
Corrupt Washington DC making sure that Americans remain blindfolded to today's fleecing of America, and the sheeple who swoon over our communistic president and his cronies.
Stupid and painful to watch, Persecuted plays on the Christian notion of being persecuted for our faith without ever addressing real persecution in the world. Sure the performances are terrible, the plot is ridiculous, and the script is full of stilted dialogue, but what is worst about this film is that it chooses to pair theology and politics in a way that is repulsive. Instead of truly addressing Christian persecution in countries where it exists, Persecuted chooses to talk about a fictional society where an evangelist could be framed for murder for not supporting a piece of legislation which is never fully explained. What does this law do exactly? Why would the government even want to pass it? Why would they be willing to frame a man for murder over this? None of these questions are answered, and instead the film is just full of ridiculous characters, saying and doing ridiculous things.
Don't get me wrong, there are faith-based films out there that are moving in the right direction: How To Save a Life, Mom's Night Out, Unconditional, even Fireproof and Courageous. Are they good? Not really, but they're telling stories that are uplifting and have good messages. I'm looking forward to the day where Christian movies focus more on the benefits of following God and less on how people don't treat us right.
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